Al-Qaeda: Staying Alive

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One Algerian security official said it was not the first convoy to make the trek, adding, “If the Gaddafi regime goes, it is the whole of Libya…which will disappear, at least for a good time, long enough for AQIM to re-deploy as far as the Libyan Mediterranean.”

In Yemen, President Ali Abdullah Saleh faces mounting threats to his regime’s survival from AQAP, already considered by American officials as posing the greatest threat to US Homeland security.

As Saleh has pulled back his armed forces to defend the capital city of Sanaa, AQAP has taken control of four provinces, including Yemen’s historical capital of Abyan. Abyan, where American and Yemeni counterterrorism activities have been mostly focused, is now referred to by Jihadist websites as the “Islamic Emirate of Abyan.”

In Gaza, a large collection of al-Qaeda-affiliated terror groups, having capitalized on growing popular discontent with Hamas rule, remain locked with the terror organization in a growing battle for supremacy in the Gaza Strip. The latest incident in this struggle occurred when an al-Qaeda group under the name “Jihadist Salafi” killed an Italian pro-Palestinian activist for Hamas’ refusal to release its leader, Hesham al-Sa’eedni, whom Hamas arrested last month.

In Jordan, members of the radical fundamentalist Salafi Muslims demanding the release of 200 al-Qaeda-linked prisoners attacked Jordanian loyalists in an encounter that left one dead and dozens injured.  As one Salafi leader exhorted the protesters, “One day all the Arab world will be ours. We will have Sharia law rule in Jordan. It’s only a matter of time.”

In Iraq, al-Qaeda-linked terrorists laid siege to a local government building in Tikrit, the hometown of Saddam Hussein, and engaged in a four-hour gun battle with Iraqi security forces. The standoff, which left 56 people killed and over 100 wounded, ended when the eight terrorists blew themselves up.

Finally, serving as a backdrop to an al-Qaeda upswing is the disturbing news from recently released WikiLeaks documents that al-Qaeda may be on the verge of acquiring a nuclear “dirty bomb.” The documents show that since 2007, al-Qaeda has made “greater advances” in bioterrorism than was previously realized and may now possess the technical competence to “manufacture an explosive device beyond a mere dirty bomb.”

Still, there seems to be a strong belief that the Arab Spring has signaled that al-Qaeda’s best days to are behind it. While this may prove to be true, it is still to be determined who will replace it. That is the simple question posed by Saudi-born American Samir Khan, the publisher of al-Qaeda’s Inspire magazine, who asked in a recent edition: “The question now comes: what do you do if your government decides not to rule by Shariah? Who does your loyalty go to? The State or Allah?”

Perhaps, the lethal endurance and pervasiveness now being demonstrated by al-Qaeda suggests the answer.

Frank Crimi is a writer living in San Diego, California. You can read more of Frank’s work at his blog,

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  • Chezwick_mac

    One need not be clairvoyant to see that the Caliphate is destined to be re-constituted. It's an historical inevitability…as the "hangover" of post-colonial secularism is in full retreat throughout the Muslim world.

    Now, one would think that upon such an event, the threat to the infidel world would be crystallized, but don't bet on it. The liberal elites in the West will work with dedication and verve to insure that our distracted, misinformed public will continue imbibing from the well of multicultural fantasy. Their hope is that such a potent elixir will keep us ideologically sedated…and that geo-political realities will then overtake us with such force and rapidity that dhimmitude becomes a fait accompli.

  • davarino

    Evolution is not going to allow these backwoods retards to be the dominant species of the planet. That is if you believe in evolution, otherwise we'll nuke em and let God sort'em out : )

  • jacob

    If PAKISTAN harbors al Quaida, how come the US is still subsidizing it ??

    I'm sure, if the subsidyb is stopped, it will be more than happy to stop harboring
    him and even turn them in…

    And then, what are the supergeniuses in charge of the issue doing about ??


  • BLJ

    The only way to deal with these scumbags is to give them dirt naps. I also trust our so-called Muslim allies (Saudi Arabia, Pakistan) about as much as I trust that Obama is committed to making government smaller.

  • George Jochnowitz

    Speaking of being alive, where is Osama Bin-Laden? Perhaps he is in the Arabic-speaking area that overlaps Argentina, Paraguay, and Brazil

  • BLJ

    Bin Laden is a coward and is probably hiding out in a cave either in Afghanistan or Pakistan with dirty diapers on.

    • George Jochnowitz

      If he's a coward, he'd be much safer in Paraguay–no matter how clean his diapers are.

      • BLJ

        You sound like you admire the creep. Of course he is a coward. He ran like a little girl from Tora Bora.